ISS2 2017

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Boards and Panels Demystified: A Peek Behind the Curtain How to ensure your record is ready for Promotion Year 2018 (PY18) Getting selected by a board to the next higher pay grade or selected for assignment, advanced education or other programs by a panel can seem like a perplexing endeavor. Who manages the boards and panels process? Who sits on the board or panel as membership? How do you ensure your best chances of selection? These are just a few of the questions that surround one of the most important missions of the Reserve Personnel Management division at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center (CG PSC-RPM). The boards and panels staff consists of four individuals to include two lieutenants and two petty officers. Each promotion year the staff is responsible for the successful screening of over 900 candidate records for various selection boards and panels; 400 candidates for promotion, 77 candidates for Senior Command positions, 100 candidates for retention on the Inactive Status List (ISL) and 120 candidates for post graduate opportunities. In a few short months, Promotion Year 2018 (PY18) will kick off. Currently, the RPM Boards and Panels staff is wrapping up PY17 and working diligently to ensure the successful execution of PY18. Often times the board and panel process is perceived as secretive and mysterious. Therefore the following questions and answers are intended to help demystify the board process and give you a greater understanding of how to ensure that you and your record are properly prepared for the upcoming PY. How do I know whether/if I am in zone during the PY? Before convening a promotion board, the Secretary (delegated by the Commandant) determines the total number of active duty officers to be selected and promoted to that grade the following year. Once the number is determined, a promotion zone is set consisting of that grade's most senior officers on the Active Duty Promotion List (ADPL). What does this have to do with Reserve officers? Reserve officer promotions are dependent upon the active duty zone due to the "running mate" system. Each Reserve officer is assigned a running mate based on their date of rank and position on the Register of Officers. Reserve officers are then required to go in-zone when their running mate does. To assist the fleet with determining whether they are in-zone during a particular PY, RPM-1 releases a promotion year kick off message with zone estimates as well as a 30-day candidate announcement message prior to a promotion board. It is important to remember candidate lists can change up until the board/panel convenes based on a member's status on any given day. Who makes up the composition of a promotion board? According to 14 U.S. Code 730, Reserve promotion boards are required to be a composition of no less than five members, of which 50 percent must be Reserve officers. All officers on the board must be senior in grade to any candidate being considered for promotion. Board members are screened for board/panel membership based on their records. This screening process ensures candidate records are being reviewed by high performing officers who represent our diverse Coast Guard and who understand the complex nuances of the Reserve workforce. Rese R vist Magazine t he M o R e Y ou k now CG PSC-RPM Boards and Panels Staff pictured here from left to right are: YN3 Curie Park, Lt. Baron Rickenbaker, YN3 Antonio Gonzalez and Lt. Toni Pehrson. Photo by Lt. Aaron McClellan 32 RESERVIST � Issue 2 • 2017

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